Facts about Amelia Earhart
Summary: Amelia Earhart was one of the forerunners in female aviation. She became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and would go on the break many records for women in aviation.
She became an author and wrote several bestselling books.
She became a member of the Purdue University faculty in their aviation department and would also become a member of the National Woman’s Party and was one of the first supporters in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Amelia Earhart disappeared on July 2nd 1937, aged thirty nine years, and was never heard from again.
Amelia Earhart Fact Sheet: Who was Amelia Earhart? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Amelia Earhart.
Amelia Earhart Fact File: Lifespan: 1897 – 1937 *** Full Name: Amelia Mary Earhart *** Nickname: Meeley *** Occupation: American Aviation Pioneer and Author *** Date of Birth: Amelia Earhart was born on July 24th 1897 *** Place of Birth: Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, USA *** Family background: Her father was Samuel “Edwin” Stanton Earhart, a lawyer, and her mother Amelia “Amy” Otis. Her maternal grandfather, Alfred Gideon Otis had formerly been a federal judge as well as the President of the Atchison Savings Bank *** Early life and childhood: She grew up with her younger sister Grace “Pidge” *** Education: Amelia Earhart did not receive a conventional upbringing, their mother Amy, felt her children should be free to express themselves and not molded in “nice little girls”, though would however, eventually attend school having been home schooled for some years. She attended a public school initially before being enrolled in the Central High School and when the family moved she enrolled at Hyde Park High School, nor the nearest school to where she lived, but with the best equipped chemistry lab***
Amelia Earhart Fact 1: Amelia Earhart was born on July 24th 1897 and during the latter part of the 19th century period in history when great strides were made in the industrial revolution, the Victoria era was coming to a close and there were vast technological advances being made particularly in aviation.
Amelia Earhart Fact 9: While out with her father in Long Beach in December of 1920 they visited an airfield where she was taken for a flight by Frank Hawks, later he would become an air racer, and she would know with moments that flying was what she wanted to do.
Amelia Earhart Fact 17: She married George P Putnam on February 7th 1931 but together they had no children. George did have two sons by his first marriage, David and George Jr and Amelia was terribly fond of them.
Amelia Earhart Fact 21: They began their journey in Oakland and headed for Florida. It was in Florida to Earhart made the public announcement of her intention to circumnavigate the world.
Amelia Earhart Fact 22: The continued on from Florida to South Africa, Africa, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. On June 29th 1937 the landed in New Guinea. They had travelled twenty two thousand miles with seven thousand miles remaining, primarily over the Pacific Ocean.
Amelia Earhart Fact 23: They took off on July 2nd heading for Howland Island. Although there had been sporadic communications with Earhart and the United States Coast Guard Itasca, which was in the vicinity, they eventually lost contact.
Amelia Earhart Fact 24: Earhart and Noonan were never heard from again and their plane has never been found.
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